STATE TIMES NEWS POONCH: In a meeting of Jammu and Kashmir Sharnarthi Action Committee (JKSAC) held at Poonch under its District President Tarlok Singh Tara, the participants observed October 22, as Martyrs Day when thousands of people from districts Muzaffarabad, Poonch and Mirpur faced worst kind of genocide during mass attack by Tribesmen supported by Pak Army in 1947. They paid rich tributes to the martyrs and demanded the day to be declared as Gazetted Holiday. He termed it as most unfortunate that the people who suffered the brunt of this inhuman genocide after migration to this side of Kashmir fell prey to the conspiracy of valley centric dispensations of the state who left no stone unturned to weaken these DPs politically, economically, socially and educationally. He expressed his gratitude to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government for providing a relief of Rs 5.5 lakh including 5,300 families settled outside state which has certainly gave some solace to DPs, but still issues need to be addressed in a comprehensive and planned manner. The DPs are pinning their hopes on PM and his government as he is the person who took the cognizance of their plight after six decades. Others who spoke were Mangat Ram Sharma, Balwant Singh, Ashok Sharma and Harnam Singh. Meanwhile another meeting of JKSAC was held at Lamberi under the chairmanship of (Retd ZEO) D. N Raina in which the participants observed October 22 as Martyrs Day paying tributes to 45,000 DPs who were brutally killed and burnt alive in 1947 besides forcibly converting a large number of women into Islam. Raina demanded that October 22 should be declared as Martyrs Day. Raina thanked the Prime Minister for releasing a package of Rs 5.5 lakh to the refugees. He expressed hope that the balance amount of one-time package would be released during PM’s regime.
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